27 May, 2020

How to abuse DOTA 2 Battle Pass 2020

Throwback to my post back in 2018 https://www.shiftescape.com/2018/09/how-to-abuse-batlepass-dota-2.html



But this time things have changed immensely. Contrary to previous year's Battle Pass this year the grinding process is next to useless. 
In previous Battle Pass's you could recycle your immortals for Battle Points/Level which has been completely removed and replaced with the absurd Valve inc. R.N.G. Powered Side Shop where you play a DOTA AutoChess/Underlord kind of game with the characters you roll and sell them for a value which could be used for another chance based Treasure, Bundle, Gauntlet Ticket, Arcana and courier/announcers.


Also, as good as the Battle Pass this year is, there's no way to get anything over the immortals without paying up. At the same time, you get way better items compared to previous Battle Pass if you're paying about 200-220$ with some grinding. 

Anyway, having bought the Battle Pass you have contributed the prize pool so congratulate yourself for supporting this game and let's get down to our grinding business.

This year by Battle Pass abuse you can only gain side shop coins and some bounties which is still better than having no ability to grind over anything.

How to abuse?
  1. Make an Abuse lobby.
  2. Share the lobby in the public chat channels. You can find Battlepass abuse channels in user-made channels.
  3. Once you have all the players you need a co-leader. One will lead the Radiant team and the other one will lead the Dire team. Leaders are the point of contact for the team and need to add each other as a friend. Since you're going to be one of the leaders, you need to decide a leader from the player in the lobby. 
  4. Now you do a balanced shuffling of players until you're in an opposite team of the other leader.
  5. Now the leaders form the party by inviting players in their respective teams.
  6. Once the party is ready, both leaders are supposed to change matchmaking settings to something that is rare. For example: if you're from Asia, you can search for a match in South Africa with the language set as Korean and you know for sure there are not much people there searching for a match with the language set as Korean. Time also plays a crucial role in settings. For example, if it is an unearthly hour in some region you can assume not many people would be playing DOTA 2 there.
    Example of settings:
    Language: Korean
    Region: South Africa
    Mode: RANDOM DRAFT
  7. Now both the leaders start finding a match at the same time and repeat.
    Sometimes you could miss a match and alter settings to what you think could be better.
Some unsaid rules for abusing,
  1. You don't leave a match after winning your turn if it was first.
  2. Radiant first, always.
  3. If someone violates rule one block the person so you either can identify them in future.
This abuse tactic can also be used to increase MMR, improve behaviour score or remove Low Priority penalty. But that clearly is unjust and you're likely to get a 6-month ban if you do so.



03 May, 2020

How many hashtags should I use on Instagram in 2020?



Instagram hashtags is a very efficient way to get more impressions and reach on your Instagram posts.
A post with 1 hashtag usually gets 12% more reach as compared to other posts. From these stats, you can imagine how crucial Instagram hashtags management is.

Utilizing hashtags on your Instagram presents is demonstrated on-increment reach, attract new crowds to your profile, make a more prominent commitment, and lift your image mindfulness. This increase in the presentation can be transformed into more clients and income sometime later.

There are lots of misconception about how many hashtags should I use but before moving to that, let's explore why making long Instagram hashtags might create new problems:


1. The possibility of making a grammatical error will increase when somebody will make an attempt to hashtag it.
2. Using various words that end and start with a comparable letter (#gamingguys). These twisting around of letters looks confusing and makes it to some degree hard to quickly work out.
3. Making it multiple words long (#itsgamedaytoday). Your hashtags shouldn't change into complete sentences. Ideally, keep your hashtags to under three words.



How many hashtags should I use?

Instagram allows a maximum of 30 hashtags per post that you can place wisely on your post as well as stories. 
I recommend you to use not more than 11 hashtags per post because it looks spammy. Post with 5-11 hashtags usually get more attention and reach as compared to a post with 20+ hashtags.

How to generate hashtags for Instagram?

Generating quality hashtags is a very crucial part of the Instagram Hashtags Marketing Campaign. There are a lot of factors that impact hashtags quality and the major one is Location, so picking hashtags based on geographic location is essential.
I personally recommend you to use Instagram Hashtags Generator - TuckTools.com to generate Instagram hashtags based on location. 



Top 25 Instagram hashtags:

#love #instagood #photooftheday #fashion #beautiful #happy #cute #tbt #like4like #followme #picoftheday #follow #me #selfie #summer #art #instadaily #friends #repost #nature #girl #fun #style #smile #food









01 May, 2020

How to get rid of TouchPal 2020

This one application gives the vibes of a malware. I'm using Oppo Realme 1 and noticed TouchPal 2018 icon on my home screen out of nowhere. I have no memory of installing it, nor I suspect any application I have installed that would do it.
So I highly doubt the guys at Oppo are behind this.

I have my concerns on what this might actually be doing on my phone. Then I went on to delete/uninstall it, but to my surprise, it just won't leave my phone.

This little step by step process will help you remove TouchPal from your Oppo Realme. I have also attached the screenshots to help you further in case of a language barrier.


  1. Go to Settings and click on Security.
  2. Click on Permissions and switch to Apps tab to manage permissions granted to Applications on your phone.
  3. Find TouchPal 2018 and make sure all of the permissions to this app are put on Forbid.
  4. Go back to Home screen, press and hold TouchPal 2018 icon and click on Delete.